Jones looks for ruthless touch
February 22, 2012
Lee Jones on the charge against England © Getty Images
Edinburgh flyer Lee Jones put pen to paper on a new deal with the PRO12 side yesterday and is looking to mark the occasion with a win against France on Sunday with Scotland.
Scotland are without a point to their name so far in this year's Six Nations, but they created several clear chances against England before a charged-down kick cost them the only try of the game and a 13-6 defeat. They then put Wales under pressure in the first half in Cardiff two weeks ago but lost 27-13 after going down to 13 men at one point in the second half.
Greig Laidlaw did manage to cross the line for Andy Robinson's men but that was Scotland's first try in five internationals.
Jones, who yesterday signed a new two-year deal with his club, has earned his first two caps in the competition and naturally felt a difference in class from club rugby. But the winger, whose try against London Irish last month secured Edinburgh a home Heineken Cup clash against Toulouse, is convinced Scotland have the potential to run in some scores against France.
"It's definitely a step up," the 23-year-old said. "What I have experienced in the last two games, there is not as much space out there and defences are a lot stronger. It's more difficult to break down but we have created a number of chances.
"We just need to convert the chances. We have had the possession and the territory, we just need to cross the line. If we can fix up those small things, we will definitely compete with the best."
Jones has made huge strides in his second season as a professional, scoring five tries in 16 games, and believes he can quickly push on on the international stage. The former Selkirk and Scotland Sevens player said: "It's hard to know what to expect going into international rugby. But in the first two games I got a taste of that and hopefully I can look at that and improve and continue to keep playing at a high level.
"It's really exciting for me. This season getting more game time with Edinburgh was my goal to begin with and it has snowballed since then. To be involved with Scotland is great."
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